The Homestead” Running Back to Receiver Sit/Start, or Claim/Drop, Week #14
Well the playoffs are starting for many and if you were lucky enough to navigate thru the bye weeks, injuries and stars not performing up to expectations, then a big congratulations is in order. All the moves you have made to this point have set you up for a Championship run. Stay with what got you here and don’t go chasing players making false promises. Now lets take a look at the guys who you can count on or avoid over next couple weeks.
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Matt Forte (New York) : He has two great matchups over the next two weeks, @SF and home versus MIA. He has played pretty well over the course of the season and the Jets will lean on him heavily as they are starting Bryce Petty the rest of way. He should have a huge day versus the 49ers and help you advance to the next round. He is a must start this week.
Jonathan Stewart (Carolina) : He is coming off a tough matchup versus Seattle but the schedule for him looks decent going forward. He will face SD, @Wash, ATL and @TB, all of which have been involved in high scoring games as of late. He could have big games.
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Devontae Booker (Denver) : He has been okay up to this point but hasn’t wowed people yet. He will see a number of touches but will be facing three pretty good defenses in TEN, NE and KC over next few weeks. He is coming off a horrid 18 carry 35 yard outing versus the Jaguars. But he did find the end zone to save face. Limit your expectations going forward.
James Starks (Green Bay) : Starks has done very little in the rushing game to be excited about since he returned in week 10. His value has come in the passing game. But with the Packers set to face Seattle this week, I would make him a must sit.
Todd Gurley (Los Angeles): He has been one of the bigger disappointments this fantasy season and is averaging just above 7 fantasy points in standard leagues. He will face the Falcons in week 14 and that could be a good matchup for him, But he will face Seattle in week 15 and should be a must sit.
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Tyrell Williams (San Diego) : He has been a pleasant surprise in fantasy this year and hopefully you were able to grab him off waivers. He has scored a touchdown in the last four games and has favorable matchups over the next three weeks as he faces @Carolina, Oakland and @Cleveland. This is exactly what you want to see: your guys facing cup cakes during playoffs. He is a must start.
Malcolm Mitchell (New England) : I know he is a rookie, but he hasn’t been playing that way as of late. In the last three games he has had either 80+ yards receiving or a touchdown. Last week he was targeted 10 times and with Gronkowski out and Amendola likely missing rest of season, he will continue to see a steady diet of targets. He has decent match ups the rest of the way, except a week 15 showdown with Denver. Even there he should get plenty of looks from TB12.
Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina) : He hasn’t been spectacular this season but he hasn’t been horrible either. His next four games are against SD, @Wash, ATL, and @TB, all of which could be high scoring games. The Panthers will look to right the ship to end the season and Benjamin will play a big part.
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DeAndre Hopkins (Houston): I know the rule of always start your studs, but he hasn’t been anything close to that. I just wouldn’t feel comfortable starting him in crucial fantasy playoff games.. He has topped sixty yards receiving only three times all year and up until last week end he had been held out of the endzone in the last six games. Not all of his poor play is his fault, as most of the blame is to be put on his QB Brock Osweiler, who is atrocious. I would feel better starting a player like Tyrell Williams over him.
Rishard Matthews (Tennessee) : His success has been a result of Marcus Mariota being on fire lately. Matthews has scored seven touchdowns in the last eight games, but his matchups (DEN and @KC) over the next two weeks are two of the better secondaries in the league. Plus you have to wonder if Mariota and the Titans have lost any of their momentum coming off a bye week.
Michael Floyd (Arizona) : He has had an awful season and has been moved up and down the depth chart. He has only one game with 70+ yards and only two with 5+ catches. He just doesn’t have the confidence in his game and neither should you. He is a must sit.
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